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# 39 - Five Portraits [FP]

Piers Anthony delivers another tale set in the bestselling world of Xanth, filled with magic, surprises, adventure, and a few puns. Here’s what the author has to say about his new book:

“Five Portraits is a kind of sequel to Board Stiff in that it picks up where the other leaves off, with the same characters. Apart from that, it’s one of my favorites within the series. There’s something about Astrid Basilisk that appeals to me: a very pretty girl whose very glance is deadly, yet she’s a nice person whose selfless effort to save five difficult children from future Xanth is thoroughly worthy. I also like the theme of the power of unlikely friendship. Not just Xanth, but Mundania, too, would be better if there were more such friendships.”

Major Characters

Character Name Species Origin Talent Notes First Chapter Mentioned
Fornax Major Demoness EveryWhere All Magic Demon of Anti-matter; became a friend of Astrid (BS); credited with saving Xanth Became a friend of Astrid 2 and credited with saving Xanth Became a friend of Astrid 2 and credited with saving Xanth Became a friend of Astrid 2 and credited with saving Xanth 03
Metria Demoness Hades Lover of Gromden; wife of Veleno; mother of Threnody, Ted, and Chaos; troublemaker who has a problem with vocabulary; has alter egos Mentia and Woe betide 01
Ease Human Xanth Can make hard things easy Strong, handsome, smart, but unknown; not able to affect emotions or causes. Short curly blond hair, bit of a blond beard, muscular body. 01
Merge Human Xanth The 5 sisters: Black, brown, blue, red, yellow become one. Marries Hapless. 02
Art Human Xanth Artist, immune to poison, ruddy complexion, red hair 01
Mitch Human Xanth can summon and send ideas Wears a hair shirt made from his hair. 02
Tiara Human Xanth Girl with wild fair hair enabling her to fly by nulling density. Blue eyes, cherry mouth, nice features and print dress, poised. 18 tomorrow when met. She has many pun sisters 01
Astrid [BS] Crossbreed Xanth Transformed from basilisk/cockatrice to human form; shapely, seeks love, but her perfume is intoxicating and direct look kills. She always wears dark glasses. Assigned by GM to protect the party. Wears the Sequins of Events dress. Credited with saving Xanth. Credited with saving Xanth. Credited with saving Xanth. 01
Kandy Human Xanth maybe being irrelevant or eyed Pretty, smart, but unfulfilled because she is either irrelevant or constantly pursued by Wandering Eyes. She wants adventure, excitement, romance. Gets them, but not the way she wants. Luxuriant midnight hair to her slender waist, matching dark eyes, lovely face. Torso yea-close to absolute perfection. Aka Irrevalent Kandy, I Kandy. 01
Myst Human Xanth can become a patch of mist Curly mouse brown hair, hazel eyes. Adopted by Merge and Hapless. 04
Win Human Xanth always having the wind at one`s back Adopted by Tiara and Mitch 04
Santo Human Xanth makes holes Adopted by Fornax and Nemesis, will grow up gay. 04
Squid Alien Xanth Adopted by Kandy and Ease; mock octopus. 04
Firenze Human Xanth fireworks temper Adopted by Astrid and Art, who can stifle him with a look (fir-EN-zee) 04
KEY - Xanth Titles; so far, by the numbers: (Click on any Title for more info on that book)
1 A Spell For Chameleon [ASFC]  2 The Source Of Magic [TSOM]  3 Castle Roogna [CaR]  4 Centaur Aisle [CA] 
5 Ogre, Ogre [OO]  6 Night Mare [NM]  7 Dragon on a Pedestal [DOAP]  8 Crewel Lye [CL] 
9 Golem In The Gears [GITG]  10 Vale Of The Vole [VOTV]  11 Heaven Cent [HC]  12 Man From Mundania [MFM] 
13 Isle Of View [IOV]  14 Question Quest [QQ]  15 The Color Of Her Panties [TCOHP]  16 Demons Don't Dream [DDD] 
17 Harpy Thyme [HT]  18 Geis of the Gargoyle [GOTG]  19 Roc And A Hard Place [RAAHP]  20 Yon Ill Wind [YIW] 
21 Faun & Games [FAG]  22 Zombie Lover [ZL]  23 Xone Of Contention [XOC]  24 The Dastard [TD] 
25 Swell Foop [SF]  26 Up In a Heaval [UIAH]  27 Cube Route [CuR]  28 Currant Events [CE] 
29 Pet Peeve [PP]  30 Stork Naked [SN]  31 Air Apparent [AA]  32 Two to the Fifth [TTTF] 
33 Jumper Cable [JC]  34 Knot Gneiss [KG]  35 Well-Tempered Clavicle [WTC]  36 Luck of the Draw [LOTD] 
37 Esrever Doom [ED]  38 Board Stiff [BS]  39 Five Portraits [FP]  40 Isis Orb [IO] 
41 Ghost Writer in the Sky [GWITS]  42 Fire Sail [FS]  43 Jest Right [JR]  44 Skeleton Key [SK] 
45 A Tryst of Fate [TOF]  46 Six Crystal Princesses [SCP]  47 Apoca Lips (The Xanth Novels) [AL]   
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Doug Harter maintains the Xanth Character Database, updating it as new books in the Xanth series are released. Thanks to Piers Anthony, for letting me see some of his Character Notes, to Peg Rombach-Riggs who did the work creating the original table, Seajay who supplied the numbers, Dawn M. Burge for suggesting and helping Origin to be accomplished, and FNProgramvare's BookCat, which I use to store the Xanth Character info.
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